NoMa Notes 12/22: Celebrate NYE in NoMa
Celebrate NYE in NoMa
With all that we’ve been through in 2020, celebrating the New Year takes on added importance! Luckily, several NoMa restaurants have cooked up fun and festive ways to welcome 2021!
Red Bear Brewing is offering outdoor patio toasts and drink specials from 6 – 10 PM to mark the stroke of midnight in Belgium, the UK, Greenland, & Atlantis and urge 2021 to be better!
Wunder Garten will be celebrating the end of 2020 not once, but six times, to welcome the New Year across six time zones, including the countries of Kenya, Greece, Germany, the UK, Cape Verde and Brazil. Balls will drop and champagne will flow, as you stay warm and socially distant on the beer garden’s outdoor patio with firepits, heaters and private cabanas.
Winter Wonder in NoMa
Thanks to all who have joined and helped spread joy in our Winter Wonder competitions! We’re excited to share with you the winners so far, whose creativity and spirit helps to lift ours! There’s still time to join in the fun with next week’s game to guess the number of NoMa M&Ms in the jar!
And as we continue to celebrate the holidays, it’s important we seek out ways to stay connected and lift each other’s spirits! The NoMa BID is partnering with four local non-profits to provide opportunities to help neighbors in need this holiday season. Please take a moment to see how you can serve or donate to these local groups:
- The h3 Project – Purchase warm clothing and food for local persons experiencing homelessness.
- Little Friends of Peace – Donate to create Peace Circles for local children and families.
- The Father McKenna Center – Volunteer in their food pantry or donate to help neighbors in need.
- Perry School – Purchase toys and games from wish lists created by local families.
Holiday Pause on Indoor Dining December 23 - January 15
New Education Benefit for NoMa BID Ambassadors
At the urging of NoMa BID President Robin-Eve Jasper, the NoMa BID Board of Directors enthusiastically adopted a plan to provide full funding for an associates degree or an equivalent vocational certificate to the hourly workers employed by the NoMa BID, the NoMa BID Ambassadors. The goal of the program, which the BID hopes to have fully implemented in January 2021, is to increase access to higher education and prepare our team members for higher paying jobs and career opportunities. We look forward to attending their graduations in the future!
DC Bridge Fund Offers Relief to Local Businesses Impacted by COVID-19
There’s still time for restaurants, retailers and entertainment venues to apply for financial relief through DC’s Bridge Fund, a $100 million investment to help the hospitality industry maintain operations and employees.
If you’re a DC-based retailer, restaurant or entertainment venue, you could be eligible for support through the Retail Bridge Fund (Jan. 8 deadline), Restaurant Bridge Fund (Dec. 28 deadline) or Entertainment Bridge Fund (Jan. 11 deadline).
Upcoming NoMa BID Events
Even though our events lineup looks a little different this year, NoMa BID continues to host a variety of in-person, socially distanced/limited capacity activities and virtual classes as part of our NoMa REConnected campaign. As always, all NoMa BID events are FREE to everyone. If you and your friends and family members haven’t had a chance to join us yet, below is a quick rundown of what’s on the upcoming schedule. Sign up for all free BID virtual events here.